Veteran of the Week: Daniel Syptak
US Army Infantryman
Veteran of the Afghanistan war
Mission Statement: Love God, love others, live free and change the world
Born and raised in Carrollton, TX Daniel always had an itch for the outdoors and adventure. At 17 he earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America, and in 2007 graduated high school to attended college at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX. Military service was always a dream of his, and so during his freshman year in college he enlisted in the US Army National Guard as a way to serve, and attend school simultaneously.
In 2008 Daniel attended basic training at Ft. Benning Georgia, where he trained to become an infantry soldier. In 2010, he was awarded the opportunity to join the 1/143 Airborne Infantry regiment based locally at Camp Mabry. At that time, the 143rd was the only Airborne paratrooper unit in the entire National Guard, across the country. Shortly after joining, Daniel was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and was selected to serve as an infantry Team Leader and squad grenadier; eventually becoming a Squad Leader at the age 24. In 2012 his unit was selected to deploy to Afghanistan on a year long deployment. Their unit was assigned to operate as the security force for a Provincial Reconstruction Team, with the mission of escorting and protecting top members of the US Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, and senior ranking members of the US military to meetings with local provincial leaders in the region. Upon multiple occasions their unit came under direct enemy fire, as their base of operations was but 15 miles from the Pakistan border in the mountains of Paktia Province. By the end of the deployment, Daniel’s platoon of 30 paratroopers had completed over 220 combat missions, successfully bringing home alive every soldier and dignitary under their watch. Upon his return, Daniel received several awards to include the Combat Infantry Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and a personal commendation letter from the US Ambassador to Afghanistan.
In 2013 he concluded his 6 year military contract, met his future wife, and soon later graduated with a degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University. He now lives here in Austin with his wife Vanessa, their Great Dane puppy and cat, and currently work’s at Google as an enterprise Sales Executive.
Thank you Daniel Syptak, for your love and service of our country.